Just a day away from December and the Los Angeles Dodgers still have all of their outfielders that they ended the season with.
They have been working to lessen the logjam this winter and have made Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford and Matt Kemp available to teams. While Ethier would be the likeliest to be moved, Kemp has been the most rumored thus far because of his value. Kemp would bring back the biggest return, although it would be tough to replace his bat in the lineup especially after Hanley Ramirez signed with the Boston Red Sox.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, there’s a new team that has contacted the Dodgers for their former All-Star outfielder:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 30, 2014
The Orioles won the AL East last season, but have two free agents in the outfield/lineup with Cruz and Markakis. It hasn’t been clear what the Dodgers are looking for in exchange for Kemp, but the Orioles do rank in the upper half in the league in terms of prospects.
Last year Kemp his .287 with 25 home runs and 87 RBIs in 150 games, moving from center field to left field and settling in right field. His strong second half of the season helped the Dodgers fend off the San Francisco Giants in the NL West for the division title. He added a game-winning home run in Game 2 of the NLDS to tie the series at one, but the Dodgers ultimately lost the series in four games.
While the Dodgers would prefer to keep Kemp in the lineup, Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi could decide to sell high if the return is worth it.